I don’t know about you, but I love notebooks. In order to create an extra special notebook (maybe for your psychic journal), how about painting it? Let me tell you about my latest craft project where I painted a fabric-covered notebook I found.
The other day I was really craving something to paint, so I started digging around in my mom’s garage. I found a journal I’d gotten years and years ago but never used and decided to give it a face-lift. Here’s the before:
It’s cute with stars and such, but just not my style. When I start a crafty project, I have no idea what I’m going to do. I just start creating. I grab whatever paint appeals to me and decide to be surprised by the process and the end result. Creating without a plan is a great way to get in touch with your inner artist and learn to unleash your creativity. Creating also gets us in touch with our intuitive side. By the way, I took all these pictures and could not figure out why all the photos looked blurry. I sharpened them in picnik, but still blurry. Then, just as I was about to look up my camera manual online, I saw a huge fingerprint on the lens. Oops : – o The next project I do will have clearer photos. Back to the journal—-First, I coated it with blobs of color…
Doesn’t look like much at this point, I grant you. By the way, I found this tray in our cabinet years ago and started using it to mix all my colors on. I LOVE it! It has plenty of space, it’s super easy to clean, and it’s bright and colorful. The old spaghetti jar is filled with water for my brushes. Makes me feel more like a real painter to use things like old spaghetti jars Then I decided to write positive messages all over the cover. I used quotes from my Spirit Guides, Rumi, and other positive quotes from myMy Magical Journey newsletters.
After writing all over it, I decided it needed some splatter paint! Splatter painting is super easy and a lot of fun. Add a small amount of water to your acrylic paint, wet your brush, saturate your brush in the paint, and fling or tap your brush over the surface you’re painting. (I know I said fling, but you still hold onto the brush the entire time).
At this point I realized I’m heading toward the grunge look, and I suddenly got the idea that I can finish this and give it to my sister-in-love, Elle, who appreciates the bold, energetic, grunge style. I decided to add brightly colored vines, leaves, and roses as a nod toward Romeo & Juliet, which for some reason had popped into my head at this point. I was thinking of the rose vines leading up toward the balcony.
My roses changed into hearts (easy to paint), and I added her name and some dots in metallic bronze paint. You may wonder why I went though the trouble of writing all over it if I was just going to cover it with splatter paint. I feel that the energy of the quotes will come through the journal, whether or not she can actually read them. There are short phrases that still show through, though. I found out that Elle in Greek means shining light, and there’s a quote at the very top that didn’t get fully covered up that says, “You are a bright, shining light in the world.” Which, of course, is true for all of us.
I love how this turned out, and so does Elle. If you feel inspired by this project and create your own special notebook, please share a picture of it on the My Magical Journey facebook page.
Lots of love to you!